See the Guidelines (sticky note in this forum):
“Eligible poems are: All poems posted in either The Waters Poetry or 77 Forum within the competition month, including poems from contests, poems by any Waters forums participant, and poems by administrators or moderators.”
I will change that to include Sand Sculptures as well. They are eligible!
Key words are posted within the competition month — although “competition month” has a slightly different meaning for IBPC. For instance, Judy’s “Sailor and Young Wife” was posted in November. It was nominated in November and sent to IBPC on or about December 1st. IBPC calls that the December contest. Judy's poem won first place, and IBPC calls it “Winning Poem for December.”
So poems posted during March can be nominated anytime in March. “Posted” can include “reposted” — i.e., if a poem originally posted in the Beach forum is posted and workshopped in the Poetry Forum, it is eligible a second time. But a poem posted at the Beach can’t be reposted at the Beach. It’s basically a place for drafts, not workshopping and revision.
All that said, I agree with you that there were many worthy poems, all deserving a shot at IBPC. I encourage people who had nominations and would like to have their poems reconsidered to post in the main forum. Of course, we may no doubt have many more worthy poems posted in March!